Cultivating Diversity in Santa Ana through Literature
LibroMobile is a literary project by Red Salmon Arts initiated by local author Sarah Rafael García and established in Santa Ana, California—it integrates literature, visual exhibits and year-round creative workshops and live readings.
The LibroMobile is not only mobile but also builds community and promotes literacy. It resides at Grand Central Art Center and travels throughout Santa Ana visiting a variety of communities, including Alta Baja Market and Café Calacas at Calle Cuatro.The design of the LibroMobile is nostalgic of the iconic paletero carts or fruit vendors that are part of downtown Santa Ana. To hear or see a paletero or frutero cart builds cultural interests (from locals and visitors) to know that something authentic and familiar is being offered, and LibroMobile will achieve the same connections through relevant literature.
12/19/2016 #LibroMobile Update:
LibroMobile online bookstore—you can now purchase books online and they’ll arrive at your doorstep. We’re constantly adding books to our collection, send us a question or request a special title. We are exciting to receive your orders!
9/20/2016 Community Partners Update:
We have partnered with the “Friends of the Santa Ana Library” to sell used books at a lower price! We’ll also be visiting Café Calacas on occasion and serve their café de olla at all of our events!
The LibroMobile Project offers affordable books by writers of color, bilingual and Spanish books for children, youth, and adults, as well as books that speak to culture and social justice issues relevant to the local community. Stocked items will eventually include approximately 200 books ranging from handmade zines to popular titles, to small press bilingual publications, a community board to post local resources and a traveling Little Free Library—this will serve as a book exchange. When someone wants to borrow a book instead of purchasing their own copy, they will provide another book for someone else to read for free.
Follow LibroMobile’s (#LibroMobile) on-going transformation:
LibroMobile’s literary events and creative writing workshops provide Santa Ana residents of all ages opportunities to meet award-winning writers of color and write, revise, polish and submit their own work for possible publication!
Plus—LibroMobile’s Do-It-Yourself MFA program (established in March 2016) is a one-on-one mentorship with Sarah Rafael García at Grand Central Art Center. Currently, two community-based emerging writers are working on individual manuscripts for publication. Two new writers will be accepted every spring. More details to come…